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How I can make the technical co-founders believe in the project ?

Ala Eddine Menai Ex-JavaFX Developer ,Web and Mobile Designer ,Software Architect and potential Tech-Entrepreneur

Last updated on October 24th, 2019

I have finished all plans and I built the full interactive prototype that refers to mobile app , but because I have not good skills in mobile development and AI , I want to find a developer of that kind.I have two questions :

-Is it possible and safe to work with remote co-founders ?

-What are the necessary documents and legal references should we talk before he starts the development ?

Hamidreza Darabi Lead Data Scientist Ready to Bring in Artificial Intelligence Ideas to Life

Last updated on October 28th, 2019

Do your non-technical work very well.

I was pitched by many many non-technical founders to join their company and it was always the same: "Join me on this very rough idea to build my dream app, leave your six figure day job, work hard for months and build the first prototype, if it worked we will share the rewards and if it didn't your loss".

Sorry that doesn't work.

Here is a short list for your reference:

  • Can you show me a sensible business plan that is refined through multiple iterations?
  • Do you know the customers? How do you know people really want this product?
  • Do you have any experience working in the industry? A network of advisors, potential clients, executives, etc?
  • Are you a first time founder?
  • Do you have any business development, sales, management experience?
  • Have build your first few landing pages to test the interest yourself? Have about your website? Building a beautiful landing page or a website doesn't need any technical work, but it shows a ton on your willingness to work hard on this idea.
  • Have you Googled different technical skills and know the difference between a lead data scientist and a junior front end developer?

Those were a few things that came to my mind. Hope it helps.



Paul Garcia marketing exec & business advisor

October 24th, 2019

The answer is "it depends." Possible yes, ideal no. Safety depends on your concerns. Protection from what (legal)?

@Hamidreza points out several other things that you have not discussed in your short introduction. Did you start with your software or did you start with your marketing strategy? Because if you started with the software it is highly unsafe for you to proceed any further with any other development. That's the safety that would concern me, your time and money being wasted because your plan hasn't been validated yet.

For the broader question, making someone believe, that's entirely what @Hamidreza gave guidance on. Your ability to prove that you have considered and reduced all possible risks to an acceptable level is what convinces others that the investment of their time is likely worthwhile. But you still need someone who cares about the things you care about and approaches decisions in a way that's compatible with your style. A co-founder isn't simply an unpaid employee or a first employee, they are your partner.

Ala Eddine Menai Ex-JavaFX Developer ,Web and Mobile Designer ,Software Architect and potential Tech-Entrepreneur

October 24th, 2019

@Hamidreza , Yes I forgot to mention necessary information :

1-I'm software engineer with 6 years of experience.

2-I have skills in UX, mobile and web design.

3-I have refined my business canvas model more than 5 times until now.

4-I made many iterations on prototype.

5-I made a market research during 3 months starting with online problem interviews ,solutions interviews, focus groups , books and online analytics.

6-I made revenue streams and pricing strategy for the first year.

7-I made the RICE SCORE for the next 2 years for the project.

8-I built the technology stack for the platform.

9-I created the ERD diagrams and UML Diagrams.
10-I will record the problem-video explainer this week.

8-I will create the teaser landing page this week.

10-I can build the MVP by myself but the problem is must I learn AI and machine learning and mobile development using Flutter and I will waste more time instead of focusing on other things such :

1-Talk everyday with potential users and get more earlyadopters

2-Define the marketing strategy

3-Raise the funding and create fund-raising strategy

4-Create post-launch product strategy

Shubham Jain Business development

October 24th, 2019


Hope you are doing well.!

-Is it possible and safe to work with remote co-founders ?

Comments- Yes it's safe and easy to work with. There is portal called Upwork where freelancers and clients can work together. We have immense experience in developing the apps and websites. And we work on the Upwork portal as well.

-What are the necessary documents and legal references should we talk before he starts the development ?

Comments- To keep the information confidential, there is NDA document which will electronically signed from both the parties.


Clay Nichols Helping other startups grow after launching 2 successful startups.

October 25th, 2019

1. Yes, it's safe. The real challenge with Remote workers is that it can be hard to establish rapport and know how they really feel about the project. It's critical that your tech co-founder believe in the project, have the necessary skills, and is honest about their shortcomings. You'll need a good relationship for that. That's easier to do in person, but could be done remotely. The quality of all technical folks (or anyone really) varies from 1 to 1,000,000. So vet that partner.

2. You could have them sign an NDA. But honestly, if they love your idea enough to steal it then you just need to demonstrate your value, then they'll choose to work on it with you.